Currently Closed
Marvin Touré
the blood is the water.
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Catalina Schliebener Muñoz
Deep, Deep Woods
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Isla Hansen
How to Get to Make Believe
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Andrea Peña
States of Transmutation
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Asim Waqif
Assume the Risk
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After School

Teen Art Cooperative
Our Mission

The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer and presenter of installation art. We say “yes” to artists, offering time and space to dream and realize projects in our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. We invite audiences from around the world and around the corner to step inside, immerse and connect with the artistic process.

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Teen Art Cooperative


The TEEN ART COOPERATIVE is a non-traditional, high commitment program for regional teens that facilitates authentic interactions with art and artists and establishes a creative model of community.

Cooperative members focus on collaboration in an open and safe space that fosters freedom of creative exploration. Members of the Cooperative meet once a week during the duration of the school year on Thursdays from 4-6 PM. Additionally, the program provides additional hours via internship opportunities to Rising Seniors. This program is for self-motivated students who are interested in learning about how a museum operates as well as how to sustain a life of creative practice.  

  • Build lasting relationships and opportunities with museums and art
  • Career-building 
  • Expand and create opportunities that surpass what is available/discussed in a classroom-settings
  • Cultivate a safe space / community 

The program is FREE and includes a membership to Mattress Factory Museum. The program admits 15 teens maximum. 

For more information, email lbarnes@mattress.org.

Look out for the 2024/2025 Season Application in Spring of 2024!

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